Reigniting The Flame of Women in Tech

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Did you know that the first computer programmer ever was a woman? Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the poet Lord Byron, wrote the notes for the first program to be carried out by Charles Babbage's "Analytical Engine" in the 1840s.

Today, only about 10 percent of computer science majors are women, but that wasn't always the case. Maria Klawe, a computer scientist, mathematician, and president of Harvey Mudd College, remembers at different breakdown during her university days.

"When I went to college, there were very few women majoring in mathematics," she says. "There were actually many more women at that time majoring in computer science than there were in mathematics, which is pretty funny."

Yet in recent decades, things have changed—today, men far outnumber women in computer science majors.   

At Harvey Mudd, Klawe has worked hard to get women just as interested in computer science as men, quadrupling the number of female CS majors at the school. New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi spoke to Klawe and other professors and students about why more women don't pursue computer science majors and how we can change that.